|Brunch @ Corner Social|
I had a 3 day weekend recently from the restaurant, and just having a few days off after working hard for a month to get the restaurant open, I was really excited to have a little time to breathe. Although off, I still had a meeting with a fellow chef friend off mine to discuss his upcoming cookbook, so we headed to Corner Social, a new restaurant that just recently opened on Lenox Avenue in Harlem. Numerous people in the past few weeks since their opening, have recommended me to Corner Social, on top of the fact that I LIVE for brunching on the weekends, so this was a no brainer to take this meeting. Corner Socials decor reminds me of the loft I one day dream of living in. Exposed brick and steel, communal tables, and outdoor seating, Corner Social seemed to have it going on... Until we sat down at our table outside and ordered brunch. Fabulous eaters, you know I hate to write a bad review, but like the saying goes ... "the jokes write themselves".
After looking over the menu that had nothing on it that intrigued us enough to order quickly, we decided to share 2 entrees and a pitcher of fruity white sangria. I was instructed that I MUST try Corner Social's spin on the classic fried chicken and waffles so here's what we brunched on:
-Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Pancakes x Blueberry Butter
-Two Egg Omelet w/ Spinach and Gruyere x Country Fries x Toast
-Oatmeal Brulee w/ Fresh Blueberries
-Side of Bacon
-A full pitcher of white sangria
As I mentioned a couple of people have raved to me about the food here so when my entire plate of food came to the table cold.... I quickly wondered if I was at the right restaurant. My friend and I both shared off of each others plates and it got to the point that we didn't even wanna do that anymore..let alone eat. I have this thing about my food being hot when it arrives infront of me when Im dining out, so when I visible saw without even tasting that my omelet was over cooked and relatively cold I caught an instant attitude. My thing is, if the restaurant I'm dining in, is for the most part empty, the kitchen and the chef are not swamped with incoming orders... which means my food should come out to me piping hot. I told our waiter that my food was cold and he gladly took it away an came back quickly with another plate of food... Only to discover the kitchen had only warmed my plate of food but hadn't made me a new omelet or potatoes. On that note folks, I was done. The pancake and fried chicken were also a disappointment being that the pancake was thick and undercooked and the fried chicken was dry, and cold. The only good thing I had to eat that day at Corner Social was my oatmeal and that amazing $39 pitcher of sangria. There are too many young educated foodies in Harlem for the most part for Corner Social's food to be this bad. On top of being located across the street from 2 well known restaurants, Corner Social needs to focus on this food and make some changes quickly.. But until then, sangria anyone?
321 Lenox Avenue @ 126th street
New York, NY 10027